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Education & Academics In Montgomery County

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Finding the right schools and educational opportunities for each family member is an important part of any move. This chapter outlines Montgomery County’s public schools system, private schools, charter schools and home schooling criteria, as well as local libraries and higher education institutions. To be enrolled in an Alabama school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Sept. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, and the child’s previous school records and immunization records. For more details on Alabama’s minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Alabama State Department of Education’s website at www.alsde.edu. Check with the school for additional requirements.

In 2010, Alabama, along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics though Alabama has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district’s statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a list of charter schools in Alabama, visit the Alabama State Department of Education’s website at www.alsde.edu/ofc/cs.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in Alabama, visit the Alabama State Department of Education’s website at www.alsde.edu/ofc/osp/Pages/npsi-all.aspx. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations.

Christian Home Education Fellowship of Alabama

P.O. Box 204
Leeds, AL 35094
205-699-0712
www.chefofalabama.org 

CHEF of Alabama provides a connection among home-schoolers. The organization has information on how to home-school in Alabama as well as information and resources on curricula and church schools in Alabama.

PEAK Homeschool Network

www.fb.com/PEAKHomeschoolNetwork 

The PEAK Homeschool Network connects home schooling families through a network of inclusive local groups that encourage members to share resources, learn together and build a diverse community.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in Alabama, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Montgomery Public Schools

307 S. Decatur St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-223-6700
www.mps.k12.al.us 

Montgomery Public Schools’ academic programs and services meet the diverse needs and interests of its students. It offers traditional schools with a full range of curricula complemented by cultural arts, music, foreign languages, technology, career-technical education and athletic programs.

The district is among the largest school systems in the state, with more than 50 schools and an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. The district’s schools are consistently ranked among the best schools in the America by national publications.

 

Universities/Higher Education

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Montgomery County offers plenty of opportunity for continuing education. The Maxwell-Gunter Base Education Center provides guidance counselors to help active-duty airmen and their dependents choose adult education coursework at local schools and online. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Alabama State University

915 S. Jackson St.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-229-4100
www.alasu.edu 

American University of Athens

1207 E. Forrest St.
Athens, AL 35613
www.aua.edu 

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117
888-790-8080
www.amridgeuniversity.edu 

Auburn University at Montgomery

7430 East Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-244-3000
www.aum.edu 

Faulkner University

5345 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36109
800-879-9816
www.faulkner.edu 

Fortis College

3736 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36109
334-272-3857

3470 Eastdale Circle
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-244-1827
www.fortis.edu 

Huntingdon College

1500 E. Fairview Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36106
334-833-4497
www.huntingdon.edu 

South University

5355 Vaughn Road
Montgomery, AL 36116
866-629-2962
www.southuniversity.edu 

Trenholm State Community College

1225 Air Base Blvd.
Montgomery, AL 36108
334-420-4200

3920 Troy Highway
Montgomery, AL 36116
334-420-4200
www.trenholmstate.edu 

Troy University

231 Montgomery St.
Montgomery, AL 36103
334-834-1400
www.troy.edu/montgomery 

Virginia College

6200 Atlanta Highway
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-551-1500
www.vc.edu/locations/montgomery 

Libraries

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Public libraries in Montgomery County offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The Alabama Public Library Service, http://aplsws1.apls.state.al.us/aplsnew, supports libraries in the state with resources and other assistance.

For a full list of libraries in Alabama, visit the Alabama Public Library Service website.

Montgomery City-County Public Library

www.mccpl.lib.al.us 

The Montgomery City-County Public Library system has 10 locations throughout the county. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’
websites.

 

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